The staff behind Lens, a Web3 social media protocol, has introduced the launch of a brand new “layer 3” community to scale blockchain social media apps. Known as “Bonzai,” the brand new community processes and shops posts, feedback and shares, taking this information off the Polygon community and thereby growing scalability for Lens, in keeping with an April 26 announcement seen by Cointelegraph.

Lens is a blockchain protocol that enables customers to kind a conveyable “social graph,” or digital set of connections, between themselves and others. When customers kind a reference to one other individual on one Lens app, they’ll switch these connections to every other app constructed on the protocol. There are 17 completely different Lens-based social media apps listed on the protocol’s official web site, together with Buttrfly, DumplingTV, Lenster, Lenstube and others.

Lens runs on the Polygon community, a layer 2 of Ethereum.

In a technical doc linked to within the announcement, the Lens staff acknowledged that the Polygon community can’t deal with the transaction quantity or data-storage wants of large-scale social media apps, making it obligatory for a brand new “optimistic L3 hyperscaling information resolution” to be launched. In line with the doc, shared blockchain networks can solely deal with as much as 200 transactions per second (TPS), whereas the earlier incarnation of Lens might solely deal with 40 to 50 TPS. In contrast, it acknowledged that Twitter usually does 25,000 TPS throughout peak durations.

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The staff anticipated this limitation might stop the protocol from scaling as its person base grew. To resolve this drawback, Bonzai launched as a layer 2 of Polygon itself, or an “L3” of the Ethereum community. Bonzai makes use of Bundlr, a decentralized storage platform constructed on Arweave, to retailer massive information whereas storing verification information about them.

In line with the technical paper, the Bonzai community consists of three varieties of nodes: submitters, verifiers and timestamps. Submitters validate transactions, construct metadata and submit them to Bundlr. Verifiers monitor the information submitted by submitters and make sure that it’s legitimate. And timestamps decide the right block quantity and timestamp for a selected piece of information.

The paper states that this technique ought to “[provide] shoppers the expertise (instantaneous posts, and so forth.) they’ve come to count on from social networks.”

Stani Kulechov, the founding father of Lens Protocol, believes Bonzai might be an essential step towards spurring mass adoption of Web3 social apps:

“To be aggressive with web2, decentralized social should scale. With the flexibility to help mass shopper adoption, we’ll see continued web3 innovation – new, thrilling and compelling options and enterprise fashions that can spur web3 adoption.”

A number of firms in recent times have created decentralized social media protocols, together with Lens, Subsocial, DeSo and others. Builders hope these apps will assist broaden the attraction of blockchain networks past the monetary world. Whereas none of them have attained the success of Fb, Twitter, YouTube and different Web2 social apps, some blockchain specialists imagine decentralized social media will be the next big thing in crypto.